The Dongzhimen city terminus of the Airport Express Line can be accessed directly underground from subway lines 13 and line 2. Due to heavy passenger flows, there is a one-way system operating at the Line 2 Dongzhimen Station and passengers for the Airport Express Line need to take the southeast exit and follow the signs to the Airport Express station on the northeast corner of the Dongzhimen intersection.
Access by cab to the Dongzhimen Railway Express station can be difficult. Unlike in Shanghai and Hong Kong, there is no designated cab rank either on the street adjacent to the station exit or at the Dongzhimen Transport Hub which only serves buses. Taxis may be unwilling to let passengers off at the adjacent bus stop which is the only point of access through the railings to the Airport Express Station. In the evenings motorized tricycles are often the only vehicles willing to take passengers to nearby destinations.
The Airport Express station is three levels underground. There is an escalator to the first underground level which offers access to Line 13 and the Dongzhimen Transport Hub which is a bus transfer station. There is an elevator for ticketed passengers, as well as a staircase, down to the second underground level which also has access to subway Line 2. From the second underground level there is an escalator to the third underground level where Airport Express trains depart for the airport. The platform is relatively narrow for the volume of passenger traffic served. At Terminal 3 the Airport Express station is located in a station 200 metres from the main airport terminal building connected by a covered walkway and travelator. Access from the terminal arrival level is at the same level as the train platform. At the airport, free shuttle buses connect Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Terminals 1 and 2 are also connected by an internal walkway.
The Airport Express is generally faster than airport shuttle buses (¥16) and departs more frequently, typically every 10 minutes compared to 30 minutes for shuttle buses. The Airport Express is also cheaper than taxis which cost around ¥80 to Dongzhimen. Passengers planning to take a cab from Dongzhimen Station should be aware that there is no official cab rank and cab drivers may negotiate fares rather than use the meters. Also, during peak hours taking heavy luggage by subway lines to and from the Airport Express line is not advised as the trains are very crowded.
There is no downtown check-in at Dongzhimen or Sanyuanqiao stations.
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